Dr. Cecilia A. Massetti
The Madera County Superintendent
of Schools, Dr. Cecilia Massetti, is an
elected official. She reviews and
supports the academic and financial
soundness of the districts and
schools in Madera County.
The vision of Madera County Superintendent of Schools is to enhance the quality of life through education.
The Madera County Superintendent of Schools has the following responsibilities, programs, and services:
Career Technical and Alternative Education Services
James Sargent, Chief
Leslie Neumeier, Director
Court and Community Schools consists of two programs located within Madera County: Voyager Secondary School (boot camp), and Endeavor Secondary School (juvenile hall). Students may be placed within alternative education schools for several reasons: incarceration, in residential placement at the juvenile detention facility or correctional camp, sentencing by the Juvenile Court Judge to Court Day School Program, referral by Probation Department, Social Services, School Attendance Review Board (SARB), expulsion by their district of residence, or administrative placement by their school of residence. The Probation Department partners with Madera County Superintendent of Schools to offer additional resources for students who require specialized supports or higher levels of supervision to provide the best opportunity for successful completion and release from the juvenile justice system and reentrance into their district of residence schools and communities.
Madera County Independent Academy (MCIA), accredited by the Western Association of Schools (WASC), is a charter school serving students in grades K through 12, governed by the Madera County Superintendent of Schools (MCSOS) Board of Education (MCBE). MCIA is a charter school. MCIA serves a diverse socio-economic student population. MCIA provides a one-on-one approach between student and teacher. Many students who attend the program, for a variety of reasons, may not have found success in local comprehensive high schools. MCIA gives students individual attention, instructional support, and instills in them high expectations for their future. The MCIA staff works to create a positive and encouraging school climate, as well as a professional and nurturing relationship with students, by highlighting student success and praising academic results.
Pioneer Technical Center (PTC), accredited by the Western Association of Schools (WASC), is a public high school chartered by the Madera County Board of Education under the Charter Code Sections of the California Education Code. PTC is located in Madera, California. PTC serves students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. PTC offers students academic, career, vocational, and technical training. All students take core academic subjects as well as a vocational course of study of their choice in one of the following areas: Building Trades, Criminal Justice, and Child Development. PTC provides a small school environment for students who, for a variety of reasons, have not found success in local comprehensive high schools. PTC gives students individual attention, instructional support, and instills in them high expectations for their future.
Dianna Marsh, M.A., Assistant Superintendent
The County Superintendent provides leadership and support to school districts to ensure continuous improvement of curriculum development, instructional delivery, student assessment, teacher preparation, and ongoing professional development to both certificated and classified employees.
Madera County Superintendent of Schools also supports districts with the development and implementation of their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs).
In addition, Madera County Superintendent of Schools operates career and technical education, and child care development programs.
Fiscal Services & Accountability
Steve Carney, M.A., Chief
Assembly Bill 1200 (Chapter 1213, Statues of 1991) expanded and redefined the goals of the County Superintendent in fiscal oversight on district finances. Although school districts are responsible for their own financial records, the County Superintendent must review and approve district budgets and ongoing expenditure patterns before those budgets are submitted to the California Department of Education.
Human Resources and Credential Programs
Cheryl Lara, Associate Superintendent
The County Superintendent monitors and reviews school district assignment practices and provides verification services to ensure a valid credential status for certificated staff members. The County Superintendent assists with recruitment, and retention efforts for classified, certificated, and management employees.
Credential Programs are offered for individuals to attain their administrative credentials through the Bridges to Leadership Program and Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC). Added Authorization programs are also offered for Early Childhood Special Education and Orthopedic Impairment.
Madera -Mariposa SELPA
Diane J. Gischel-Lingo, Ed.D., Administrator
The Madera-Mariposa SELPA is responsible for the implementation of the Madera-Mariposa Special Education Local Plan and for insuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Madera-Mariposa SELPA is a two county SELPA, serving over 3,000 students with disabilities. A full continuum of services is provided to students ranging in age from 0 to 22, with varying disabilities. The Madera-Mariposa SELPA office is available as a support to students, parents, and educators regarding special education issues.
Medi-Cal Administrative Services
Susan Ellyson, MAA Coordinator
The Madera County Superintendent of Schools provides Medical Administrative Activities (MAA), a regional service. This service is offered to all school districts and county offices throughout the Central Valley Service Region which is comprised of Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare counties.
Regional System of District and School Support (RSDSS)
Madera County Superintendent of Schools supports and provides services on a regional basis. These programs are designed to support low performing schools in the Central Valley Service Region including Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties.
Art Davis, M.A., Director
Student Programs and Services
Cheryl Mohr, M.A., Executive Director
Madera County Superintendent of Schools operates programs for students with unique educational needs including programs servicing special needs students, from birth to 22 years of age. Services include occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psycho-educational assessments, adapted physical education, specialized transportation, visually impaired services, orientation and mobility services, braille instruction and transcription, and deaf/hard of hearing services. Designated Instructional Services (DIS) are provided to identified students by qualified personnel.
Technology and Telecommunication Services
Dennis Lingo, Chief
The Madera County Superintendent has aided the significant expansion of technology in both the instructional and business operations, including establishing an integrated voice, video and data link of existing networks. The Madera County Superintendent of Schools plays an integral role in developing, maintaining, coordinating, and supporting advanced, cost effective technology delivery systems, services, and curricula that increase learning opportunities for students and expand professional development and information resources to teachers and administrators.